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Christchurch shootings: Fern cartoon by Pat Campbell makes moving tribute

A cartoonist’s adapted drawing of New Zealand’s famous fern has become a poignant symbol of resilience following the Christchurch terror attack.

Canberra Times artist Pat Campbell took the traditional emblem and turned each of the fronds into a silhouette of one of the victims.

The Australian cartoonist even added an extra person after the death toll in the horrific massacre was raised from 49 to 50.

The beautifully simple idea has been praised by social media users, and is now being used by non-profits and fundraisers working to support the families of victims of the mass shooting.

“A very moving reinterpretation of the NZ fern,” said Twitter user Rob Daly.

“Thank you for this tribute sir,” added Anees. “It’s truly touching.”

Humaira Malik said “it shows we are all together in this fight against hate.”

It is one of many moving expressions of love that have followed the appalling atrocity in a country known for its tolerance.

On Sunday, members of New Zealand’s Black Power gang performed an emotional haka outside the Al Noor mosque, where dozens of Muslim worshippers were gunned down, as the crowd watched in silence.

Hundreds of New Zealand students gathered on Monday to pay their respects to the victims of Friday’s mass murder, with some also performing an impromptu haka as a tribute.

The powerful performance of the traditional Maori dance as a way of honouring the 50 people killed Al Noor and Linwood mosques brought tears to the eyes of onlookers.

Students also held a vigil in a park across from Al Noor mosque.

Thousands of people have paid tribute to the victims at makeshift memorials in Christchurch, a leafy city of 400,000 people that was still recovering from the 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people and injured several thousand.

“We are a nation who will never accept acts like this!!!” said a poster-sized message attached to the iron fence of the botanic gardens. “We stand with the Muslim community. We will always fight for the safety of our community. We will always stand as one.”

Meghan and Harry laid flowers and signed a book of condolences at the New Zealand High Commission in London, with the prince writing “Arohanui”, which is Maori for best wishes.

The Football Association announced there will be a tribute to the deaths in the city known for its English heritage before England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic.

Originally published as Hidden detail in beautiful NZ cartoon

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